A Cinderella Story is a 2004 American teen romantic comedy film directed by Mark Rosman. The film stars Hilary Duff, Chad Michael Murray, Jennifer Coolidge and Regina King. The film's plot revolves around two Internet pen pals (Duff and Murray) who then meet in person at a school dance and fall in love, but two different worlds keep them apart. It received negative reviews from critics, but was a commercial success. The film was followed by two direct-to-video stand-alone sequels, Another Cinderella Story and A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song.